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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Nursery


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After three babies, baby Akilah is the one who lucked up on having a nursery space. Albeit unintentional, I am loving it. I guess because I’m getting to enjoy all the little things that I didn’t have the opportunity to with the boys. That’s not to say that there were things that I wished they had. We just did what worked best for us at the time. With Jayden, we actually planned on having a nursery, but realized we didn’t need one. We returned his crib and 7 years later (ha!), sold his unused jungle crib bedding.

Instead of a nursery, he slept in a Playard beside the bed, then we co-slept in bed with us. Jaxon slept in a co-sleeper bassinet attached to the bed and when he grew out of that, we co-slept. By that time, Daddy had turned the living room into his sleeping quarters. Baby Akilah also slept in the same co-sleeper and once she outgrew it, we co-slept, but her bed shenanigans ultimately got her put out (lol).

I saw a neat little IKEA crib co-sleeper hack and decided that would be her solution. So for her first birthday, she got a crib from my in-laws and now I have my bed back. I’ve had my share of little feet in my ribs and little booties plopped on my head through the night so it was time mama had some space. I still bring her in my bed to nurse, but it’s back to her bed unless I’m feeling snuggly.


All of this rambling to say that it’s beginning to look a lot like a nursery up in here and I’m enjoying it. This is the last time we’ll proooobably have a baby in the house, so I’m basking in this and the newness of having a baby girl. That said, I’ve been adding accents and things to her little space and for Christmas, I have a few things on her wishlist for the wall.

One of the things that we’ve waited to get and I’m glad we did, was a diaper pail. I went back and forth between wanting a white pail and a pink pail, because YOLO! I thought I would be one of those parents that would be anti-pink, but I’m here for the pink and I think I do a good job at balancing it out.

Back to the diaper pail situation.

Miss Honey’s diapers have been on the funky side now that she’s loving her solids, so I’ve had to revisit getting a diaper pail. The folks at Playtex Baby sent us their new Diaper Genie Expressions customizable pail with sleeves. The pail has been peeerfect for our needs. Aside from keeping the stink out, it looks awesome in Akilah’s nursery space.



We were sent all five trendy fabric sleeves and the pink and grey shades work really well the pops of pink and grey already in our room. I’m on a minimalist kick, so I am all about creating lighter spaces and Diaper Genie Expressions fit the bill. I’m excited to see if there will be new sleeves for bolder nurseries. I think a black and white striped sleeve would be a hit for those with monochromatic nurseries.



The Diaper Genie Expressions pail is one of a few additions to baby Akilah’s nursery space that’s not only functional, but also great to look at. I’m having fun with this nursery thing, so I’ll be back to share little touches that I add here and there. I want to do a mini gallery wall and possibly a DIY crib skirt.

If you’d like to get the new Diaper Genie Expressions for your bub, you can find the pail and sleeves at most retailers like Target, Babies “R” Us, and Amazon. Just a note, Expressions sleeves are sold separately from the Diaper Genie Expressions pail so be sure to pick up the sleeve of your choice with the pail.

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  • Reply jenn

    Long gone are those plain white bins. I love the new styles and how you can customize them to fit your nursery. Enjoy these days cause it go far too fast

    November 25, 2016 at 9:56 AM
  • Reply Marielle Altenor

    I love the design of the fabric covers. I co-slept with my daughter for a long time. She likes her bed now (most of the time lol).

    November 15, 2016 at 11:41 PM
  • Reply Lynndee

    What a pretty nursery. And that Diaper Genie is such a great addition. Wish I had one when my son was a baby.

    November 14, 2016 at 10:27 AM
  • Reply Chubskulit Rose

    What a cozy nursery. I never had a diaper genie when my kids were little but I wish I had one.

    November 14, 2016 at 6:56 AM
  • Reply Ann Bacciaglia

    The Diaper Genie Expressions pail will make a great baby shower gift for my friend. I like how fashionable they are now.

    November 13, 2016 at 10:02 PM
  • Reply Lori Felix

    I love the look of the diaper genie expressions and how you can kind of customize it to fit your room design. This would make a great baby shower gift.

    November 13, 2016 at 2:19 PM
  • Reply Amber Meredith

    Way back in the day, when my twins were little, it was like pulling teeth to get any sleep, haha. This is such a gorgeous baby line!

    November 13, 2016 at 12:40 PM
  • Reply Brittany Meredith

    I don’t have kids yet but when I do, I have no idea how I will cope with them in my bed, haha! It looks like things are looking up for you!

    November 13, 2016 at 12:39 PM
  • Reply Sammie Brakebill

    I was so happy when my newest one started sleeping longer in her crib. She is a little twisting monkey!

    November 13, 2016 at 12:38 PM
  • Reply Shannon Graham

    I love the play on words for the title! Super cute! I can only imagine how nice it feels to get some relief!

    November 13, 2016 at 12:26 PM
  • Reply uprunforlife

    I never used a diaper pail or genie for any of my kids. I just felt it was unnecessary. We always tossed the dirty diapers in the kitchen trashcan. It fills up quickly so the diapers didn’t have a chance to get too funky. If it was a bad diaper, we just took out the trash.

    November 13, 2016 at 10:25 AM
    • Reply Sheena Tatum

      That’s how I felt with my last two, but now our trash situation is different. We aren’t allowed to have an outdoor trashcan at our new place and the dumpster is aaall the way across a parking lot.

      November 13, 2016 at 3:43 PM
  • Reply ricci

    What a cute nursery!! I think the Expressions diaper pail is a cute option to traditional diaper genies!

    November 13, 2016 at 7:57 AM
  • Reply OurFamilyWorld

    I love what you did in the nursery. I wish Diaper Genie was there when I had my babies.

    November 11, 2016 at 10:16 PM
  • Reply Nikki

    I wish I knew this when my son was a baby. This is such an amazing diaper genie.

    November 11, 2016 at 9:58 PM
  • Reply Gwendolyn Mulholland

    I love the Expression Sleeves for the diaper genie. I co-slept with my daughter and it was many years before she went to her own bed, so I know how happy you must be having your bed back.

    November 11, 2016 at 4:15 PM
  • Reply Paula Schuck

    I wish Expressions had been a thing when my kids were babies. Actually, I wish the Diaper Genie itself had been a thing when my kids were babies.

    November 11, 2016 at 11:27 AM
  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    I love this new Expressions line. The Diaper Genie is one of the greatest inventions for parents, and now it doesn’t have to be so obvious.

    November 11, 2016 at 11:22 AM
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